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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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Thanksgiving Foods That Can Be Harmful to Pets

One of our favorite things about Thanksgiving is time with family and the delicious food. But it’s important to make sure your pet isn’t eating food that could potentially be dangerous. Check out these Thanksgiving foods that could potentially be harmful to your cat or dog!

1. Turkey Skin, Ham, and Cooked Bones.

Foods that are high in fat like turkey skin and ham can be very dangerous for your pet to consume. In addition, turkey and ham bones can splinter in a dog’s digestive tract and can result in a pricey trip to the vet

 2. Grapes and Raisins

Although the ingredient and mechanism is still unknown, a dog that consumes grapes or raisins could have severe kidney damage or failure.

 3. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic contain sulfides, which are toxic to dogs. Onions also contain the ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to both dogs and cats. Keep in mind that cooking these ingredients does not reduce their toxicity.

 4. Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts

While many nuts can cause gastric intestinal upset or obstruction in a dog, others are potentially more serious. Specifically, walnuts and macadamia nuts are extremely dangerous for dogs and could cause vomiting, fever, and more serious complications. Other nuts that shouldn’t be consumed by dogs are almonds, pecans, pistachios and hickory nuts.

 5. Chocolate and Baked Sweets

We all know that chocolate is a BIG no-no for dogs, but often many of the ingredients in our favorite Thanksgiving baked treats are harmful to our pets too. Nutmeg which is sometimes used to spice sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie is potentially dangerous. Though sweet potatoes and pumpkin itself are not bad, they cannot contain any nutmeg (or other toxic ingredients) if you decide to sneak your dog a Thanksgiving treat. Dough and batter are also potentially troubling, as they contain raw eggs. Other baked sweets likely contain sugar and fat. Though we find these things delicious, we should keep our pets away from them.

 6. Alcohol

Any and every type of alcohol is toxic for your pet. Though your dog may like the taste of beer, their kidneys were not meant to filter or process the alcohol content of beer, wine or any alcoholic beverage. Even small amounts of liquor can be lethal to a dog or cat.

Sources

  1. Pet MD
  2. PHZ8
  3. Wag The Dog
  4. Dogster
  5. AVMA
  6. Pets Best
  7. People

 

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Tags: Animal safety, Best friends pet care, Best Friends Pet Hotel, Cat safety, Dog safety, Food safety for cats, Food safety for dogs, Food safety for pets, Pet Hotel, Pet Safety, Pet safety tips, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Food, Thanksgiving Pet Safety, Toxic foods, Toxic for pets

5 Tips For Pet Parents This Halloween

Halloween Kitty

Halloween is a time for dressing up in your favorite costume, trick-or-treating with the little ones, or going to parties. But pets can sometimes get spooked by all the festivities and costumes. To keep your pets safe, here are 5 tips for pet parents this Halloween.

dog in witch costume1. If you decide to dress up your furry friend, please make sure it does not limit their movement, sight or ability to breathe. Some pets may not enjoy being dressed up as much as others and this can cause them stress and discomfort.

Cat looking out the window

2. Keep pets indoors and in a safe area during trick-or-treating. Whether you’re the one trick-or-treating or you’re passing out the candy at home, leaving your pets indoors is usually the safest option during this holiday. Costumes can scare dogs and cats just as much as us humans.

Halloween Candy Corn

3. Stash the candy! Keeping all forms of candy away from pets is best practice. Several treats, especially chocolate, are toxic and potentially lethal to pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian immediately.

Halloween Decorations4. Keep an eye out for the decorations. While we love the look of festive and spooky Halloween decorations, pets may want to play with or eat them. Decorations, like a lit pumpkin, can be dangerous, so make sure they are in a safe place that Fluffy can’t get to or knock over.

Dog Sleeping

5. Send your dog on a Halloween sleepover with a few nights of Boarding at Best Friends Pet Hotel. Sometimes it’s easiest to not have to worry about the dog eating candy or the cat escaping out the front door. They’ll be safe and sound with our experienced pet care staff.

 

Sources

ASPCA

Arkansas Matters

 

Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

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Guardian Angels Event: Barks, Brews & BBQ

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Best Friends Pet Hotel had the opportunity to co-sponsor an event put on by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (GAMSD). This fundraiser event, Barks, Brews & BBQ, took place in Connecticut this summer and it was quite a success! Not only did the GAMSD team reach their $25,000 goal, but awareness was raised, friendships were made, and dogs were heroes to our heroes.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

GAMSD has been rescuing, raising, training, and then donating individually trained medical service dogs to pair with veterans that struggle with disabilities.  Just as their slogan says, “unleash the power to heal”, Guardian Angels believes in changing and improving lives through their service dogs. Since the organization’s beginning in 2010, they have successfully paired over 180 dogs with veterans. Each dog is trained to perform an array of tasks including alerting for help, alerting prior to a seizure, picking up dropped items, opening, and closing doors, mitigating the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by waking from nightmares and grounding from panic attacks, and more.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

From dog food, veterinary visits, and years of training, each dog is a big commitment to everyone involved in the process. The cost for each dog’s veterinary needs, food and supplements is a minimum cost of $1,780 per year. And thanks to everyone who donated to our Best Friends Connecticut locations, we were able to raise $1,735.42! This money will help Guardian Angels get one step closer to pairing up more service dogs with veterans in need!

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

 

 

If you’d like to donate, volunteer or learn more about the amazing work that Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs does, you can visit their website.

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